Sandy Spring Friends School New Upper School

Olney, MD

Sandy Spring Friends School New Upper School

Scope of Services
Energy Modeling
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering

The new upper school, which combines traditions, identity, and a sense of place, supports Sandy Spring Friends School’s mission of being an innovative presence in the international independent school network. The school’s values—simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equity, and stewardship—shaped the energy-efficient design that not only saves natural resources but promotes the health and wellness of students, teachers, staff, and the community.

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The new upper schools features classrooms, maker spaces, collaboration areas, teacher offices, an administration suite, and student common areas.

2RW’s services include:

  • Participation in meetings with the design team and stakeholders to identify needs, understand the goals of the building, and identify WELL Building and International Green Construction Code (IgCC) standards that would be applied to this project.
  • Site visits to observe and document conditions that may influence the design such as adjacent site components, grading, and existing utility infrastructure.
  • MEP/FP engineering including:
    • An energy-efficient mechanical system with a hybrid geothermal water-source heat pump variable refrigerant volume system supported by dedicated outdoor air systems (DOASs) with energy recovery
    • Natural ventilation strategies including operable windows to introduce fresh air and “green light” sensors that notify students of the best times to utilize passive building ventilation strategies
    • LED lighting using digital controls to maximize energy efficiency
    • Electric vehicle charging stations
    • Plumbing systems with energy-efficient instantaneous domestic water heaters
Scope of Services
Energy Modeling
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering

OWNER: Sandy Spring Friends School

TIMEFRAME: 2017 – 2020

SIZE: 42,000 SF, 3 levels

COST: $14 million

  • The building is the first in Montgomery County to be to be certified by the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (MC DPS) Green Building program based on the new International Green Construction Code (IgCC)
  • The design is targeting an energy use intensity (EUI)for Net Zero operation utilizing the existing campus PV array
  • WELL Building strategies include ventilation controls with monitoring, filtration, and distribution to increase system effectiveness and lighting controls to utilize natural daylight and maintain luminance balance


Targeting Net Zero, WELL Precertified Gold